Children in Worship
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them, for it is such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.” -Matthew 19:14
St. Luke’s is joyously a multi-generational congregation committed to nurturing children and youth in the Christian faith through participation in the worship service, Sunday School, confirmation classes, social activities and fellowship. All children and youth are invited to participate in the beginning of the worship service each Sunday, including a “Time With Our Children” when Christian Education Coordinator Marin Miller shares a story or object lesson, and after which they are welcome to participate in Sunday School with Marin, Mary and Stella.
This Fall in Sunday School: “Peace be with you...and also with YOU!” In both the 3-6 year old class as well as the 7-and-older class, we’re embarking on an exciting journey of faith with Faith Seeker Kids, a Bible-based interfaith curriculum- and this fall it’s all about Peace!
The children will spend their time in Sunday School busy with peace-related stories, crafts, and activities all centering around the rich narratives found in the Christian Bible as well as other faith traditions, including Buddhism, Hasidic Judaism, Islam, Native American, Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), Sikhism, Sub-Saharan African, and Sufism. Peace is a shared value and goal of all the world’s major religions. Following the thread of Peace woven through our own Christianity as well as the fabric of other faiths has a marvelous effect: it naturally connects our hearts and minds to those of our God-seeking brothers and sisters around the globe, building a bridge of love and understanding that reaches even beyond tolerance toward a sense of respect and Oneness in Spirit.
Ms. Marin Miller
Marin is the Christian Education Coordinator and Lead Sunday School teacher here at St. Luke’s as well as a Los Angeles-based actor, seasoned theatre artist and a teacher with 8 years in the classroom, 15 on the professional stage and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of The South at Sewanee. Grateful her own childhood included growing up in a heart-centered, accepting, welcoming community of faith, Marin knows first-hand how important a positive early church experience can be as a foundation for a lifelong connection to our loving God. This has lead her to develop a new way to engage children in exploring their connection to God through drama, art, and collaborative play. The curriculum she creates aims to encourage each child’s natural sense of joy and wonder, imagination, and non-judgmental mind as they begin their spiritual path in the Christian faith.
Ms. Mary Lowe
Mary Lowe has lived and been raised in Long Beach, CA. Aside from her love of animals and her collection of Harry Potter books, her experience has involved working with children in a faithful setting, leading her to realize the passion and hope she has in becoming a teacher one day and helping others. Mary believes in the importance of having faith in God every day, and looks forward to continuing to expand her knowledge and practice in religion and in working with children.